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9-Day USA Central South Full-Experience Tour from Chicago with Airport Transfers

  • Tour code: 562-5436
  • Available: Tue
  • Depart from: Chicago, IL
  • Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
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Highlights:

Visit Chicago, IL (360 Chicago, IL, Millennium Park, IL), New Orleans, LA (Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, LA, Garden District, LA, Oak Alley Plantation, LA, Swamp Tour, LA), Atlanta, GA (Centennial Olympic Park, GA, Inside CNN, GA, World of Coca-Cola, GA), Chattanooga, TN (Lookout Mountain, TN, Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, TN, Rock City, GA, Ruby Falls, TN), Indianapolis, IN (Indiana State Capitol, IN), Memphis, TN (Graceland, TN, Memphis Pyramid, TN), Montgomery, AL, Nashville, TN (Country Music Hall of Fame, TN), Springfield, IL (Lincoln Home National Historic Site, IL, Old Illinois State Capitol, IL), St. Louis, MO (Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, MO, Gateway Arch, MO), West Lafayette, IN (Purdue University, IN).

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Pricing Details

Single: $984
Double (/Person): $716
Third Person Adult: Free
Child : Free
Fourth Person Adult: $512
Child : $512

Note: *Price in USD is based on the lowest price per person per room over the next 30 days. Exact prices are displayed when you select a date.

  • Buy 2 Get 3rd Free: (1) Cancellation of free-fare passenger must be made at least 7 days before departure. (2) No-show or late cancellation incurs a $640 penalty fee for the reserved bus seat.
  • Child rates: Child rates apply to those who are 0-12 yrs old. Customers are welcome to use child safety seats on that have lap and/or shoulder belts/harnesses. Children sharing a room with 2 adult passengers pay the same price as a third or fourth adult. Please note that each hotel room can only accommodate up to 4 guests of any age.
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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Chicago
  • Day 2 Chicago
  • Day 3 Chicago - Springfield - St. Louis(286 miles)
  • Day 4 St. Louis - Memphis(240 miles)
  • Day 5 New Orleans
  • Day 6 New Orleans - Montgomery(309 miles)
  • Day 7 Montgomery - Atlanta(146 miles)
  • Day 8 Chattanooga - Nashville(113 miles)
  • Day 9 Indianapolis - West Lafayette - Fair Oaks - Chicago(173 miles)
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Day 1 Chicago

After arriving at the airport in Chicago, guests will transfer to the hotel. Once they are settled in, they can choose how to spend the rest of their day. For those who arrive before 3:00pm, transfer to a local outlet mall is available. Guests can also choose to stay back at the hotel and rest. In the evening, they can take a night tour of the city.

Chicago is a city of color and history. The largest city in the American Midwest, it sits on Lake Michigan. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, and many other amazing activities.

  • Always Available
    Beginning downtown, we will first head to Grant Park. The fountain here is illuminated in the evening by colorful lights. Then, we will go to the 360 Chicago observation deck to see a panoramic view of the city at night!
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (3-12 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25
Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn or similar

Day 2 Chicago

This tour lets us see the best of Chicago in one day. We will take a walk in Millennium Park, see the Cloud Gate before taking a break at the Buckingham Fountain. After that, we will stroll around the Navy Pier before taking an exclusive tour o the Chicago Theater. As we walk along Michigan Avenue, we will find ourselves in a part of town known as the Magnificent Mile, along which we will see the Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park and the Chicago Water Tower. For the best view of the city, we will go to the top of 360 CHICAGO. Afterward, we will take a river cruise.

Chicago is a city of color and history. The largest city in the American Midwest, it sits on Lake Michigan. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, and many other amazing activities.

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    Located in Chicago's busy Loop area, Millennium Park was opened in 2004 and is a state-of-the-art park. The Pavilion and Great Lawn is now a popular spot to host concerts, and the iconic Cloud Gate is located in this park.
    Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 6:00am - 11:00pm
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    This impressive and somewhat bizarre stainless steel sculpture is the focal point of AT&T Plaza in Chiago, Illinois' Millennium Park. Nicknamed "The Bean" due to its shape, it was constructed in 2006 and designed by British artist Anish Kapoor.
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    Buckingham Fountain in Chicago's Grant Park is one of the largest fountains in the world and one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions. It throws as much as 15,000 gallons of water into the air every minute.
    Opening Hours: Sun Apr 15 - Oct 31 8:00am - 11:00pm
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    Both a designated Chicago Landmark and a member of the US National Register of Historic Places, this is Chicago's most popular tourist spot. It is home to a small theme park and fairground, as well as a minigolf course.
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    In the busy Loop area of Chicago is the city's namesake theater with its iconic marquee, which has become an unofficial symbol of the city. It hosts performances of all kinds, including drama, comedy, dance, and more.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child (3-12 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15
  • Always Visit
    The Magnificent Mile is an upscale neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. It is known for its shopping, hotels, and nightlife. It is also home to famous Chicago landmarks like the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and the Chicago Water Tower.
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    The Art Institute is the 2nd-largest art museum in the US after the Met in New York. It houses pieces by renowned painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, as well as an extensive collection of African-American art.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (Under 14 yrs) Free; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $19|Opening Hours: Fri - Wed 10:30am - 5:00pm, Thu 10:30am - 8:00pm
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    Nicknamed "Chicago's front yard," Grant Park sits right on Chicago's waterfront. It is home to gardens, museums, live performance venues, several pieces of art, like a monument to Abraham Lincoln and the Agora, a collection of headless statues.
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    The Chicago Avenue Water Tower and Pumping Station was built in 1869 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Now defunct, the building serves as an art gallery for locals and tourists alike.
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    This observsation deck sits atop the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, providing exquisite aerial views of the city's skyline that you can't get anywhere else. The new LIFT feature extends out above the city below for an exhilirating experience.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (3-12 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 11:00pm
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    The Architectural Cruise of Chicago is a perfect way to view one of America's most formidable cities, all from the comfort of a boat leisurely sailing down the Chicago River, either during the day or at twilight.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $38; Child (3-12 yrs) $28; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $38
Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn or similar

Day 3 Chicago - Springfield - St. Louis(286 miles)

Today, we will go south to Springfield, IL to visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Old Illinois State Capitol. Then, we will head for St. Louis to see the Gateway Arch and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the largest city in central Illinois. The city lies on a mostly flat plain that encompasses much of the surrounding countryside. And The city is governed by a mayor-council form of government.

  • Outside Visit
    (Outside Visit) This historic location, a house and the surrounding four blocks, was the home of President Abraham Lincoln from 1844 to 1861, when he left for the White House in Washington. It was the only home he ever owned.
    Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 8:30am - 5:00pm
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    This historic site served as the state capitol building for the state of Illinois from 1840 to 1876. Built in the Greek Revival Style, both Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama announced their candidacy for president here.
    Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

St. Louis is a city and port in the U.S. state of Missouri. The city developed along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which forms Missouri's border. The economy of St. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, trade, transportation of goods, and tourism.

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    This iconic stainless-steel monument in St. Louis is the tallest arch in the world. It was built as a homage to the westward expansion of the United States and sits on the site of St. Louis' founding.
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    Located in the central West End of St. Louis, this Roman Catholic cathedral was designed in a mix of Neo-Byzantine and Romanesque Revival architectural styles. It was consecrated on June 29, 1926.
Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or similar

Day 4 St. Louis - Memphis(240 miles)

After traveling across the mighty Mississippi River, we will arrive in Memphis to see the Memphis Pyramid. Then, we will go to Graceland, the mansion home of Elvis Presley. Later, we will go to our hotel near Jackson.

Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee. And it is the youngest of Tennessee's major cities, founded in 1819 as a planned city by a group of wealthy Americans including judge John Overton and future president Andrew Jackson.

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    Also known as the Great America Pyramid, this indoor arena has a capacity of over 20,000. It was designed after the Great Pyramids of Egypt. For sports, basketball is mainly played here.
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    This massive, opulent mansion in Memphis, Tennessee was the home of Elvis Presley. It is a National Historic Landmark and today serves as a museum. Guests can visit the site of Elvis' grave and tour the thirteen-acre estate.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $39; Child (3-12 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $35
Standard Hotel: Ramada Peal/Jackson Airport or similar

Day 5 New Orleans

Today, we will arrive in New Orleans and visit the Oak Alley Plantation. We will also go on a swamp tour on the bayou. After going to our hotel, we can take an optional night tour of the city for $25 per person.

The city known as the "Big Easy" is most famous for its colorful and exciting Mardi Gras celebration. Visitors will marvel at its distinctive Cajun culture and cuisine that is unlike anything else in the world.

  • Always Visit
    This historic plantation on the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana is a National Historic Landmark. In addition to its function as a museum, the Oak Alley Plantation has served as a set for films and TV shows.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (3-12 yrs) $7; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm
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    Take a trip down the bayous of Louisiana on a swamp boat tour to encounter the local wildlife, like alligators, turtles, birds, snakes, and much more! You'll also get a lesson in Cajun culture.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $34; Child (3-12 yrs) $26; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $34|Opening Hours: Daily 9:00am - 3:00pm|Duration: 2-4 Hours
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    This walking tour of New Orleans is one of the best ways to explore the city after dark. It is dramatic, historic, and entertaining, providing you with interesting facts and some of the more sinister legends from New Orleans' history.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (3-12 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $25
Standard Hotel: La Quinta Inn or similar

Day 6 New Orleans - Montgomery(309 miles)

We will spend the day exploring New Orleans by touring the French Quarter, Royal Street, Bourbon Street, Jackson Square and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Then, we will sample some local delicacies and coffee at the popular Café du Monde. After that, we can take a ride on the Steamboat Natchez to get a view of the city from the river. We will pass the French Market, the Garden District and City Park. In the late afternoon, we will visit the National WWII Museum. Later, we will travel to Montgomery, where we will spend the night.

The city known as the "Big Easy" is most famous for its colorful and exciting Mardi Gras celebration. Visitors will marvel at its distinctive Cajun culture and cuisine that is unlike anything else in the world.

  • Always Visit
    The most famous area of New Orleans is also the oldest. Dating back to the city's founding in 1718, this National Historic Landmark district is known for its nightlife, restaurants, and celebrations. Its most famous locale is Bourbon Street.
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    Royal Street, located one block from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of the oldest streets in the city and famous for its antique shops, art galleries, and stately hotels. Described as the quintessential French Quarter street, Royal Street is also home to restaurants and cafes.
  • Always Visit
    Extending 13 blocks in the French Quarter, Bourbon Street is the most famous thoroughfare in New Orleans, a top destination for generations of partygoers. It is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.
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    This historic park in the French Quarter is home to the St. Louis Cathedral. It's history dates all the way back to 1721, when it was built by French colonists in the area.
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    The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called St. Louis Cathedral, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the oldest cathedral in the United States.
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    Take a ride on this old-fashioned steamboat down the Mighty Mississippi River to experience what life was like for someone like author Mark Twain in the 1800s. On Sundays, the boat runs a jazz brunch cruise.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $44; Child (6-12 yrs) $22; Child (2-5 yrs) $9; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $44; Steamboat Natchez (including lunch)|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 8:00am - 6:30pm
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    Long ago, this 6 block market, the largest of its kind in the U.S., was a Native American trading post before the advent of European colonization. Located in the historic French Quarter, it specializes in selling seafood.
    Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm
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    Once, the area of New Orleans' Garden District was covered exclusively by plantations. Because of its many affluent mansions and historic houses, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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    Fifty percent larger than Central Park in New York City, City Park in New Orleans is one of the most visited urban parks in the United States. It is home to Live Oaks, which are characteristic trees of Louisiana.
    Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm, Closed Sat & Sun
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    The National WWII Museum, formerly known as the D-Day Museum, is a military history museum located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street. The museum focuses on the contribution made by the United States to Allied victory in World War II.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $27; Child (3-12 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $24
Standard Hotel: Comfort inn/Best western/Quality inn or similar

Day 7 Montgomery - Atlanta(146 miles)

Today, we will arrive in the heart of Atlanta, where we will take a walk through Centennial Olympic Park. Then, we will visit CNN Headquarters and the World of Coca-Cola. In the early evening, we can enjoy a horsemanship dinner and show before returning to our local hotel.

Georgia's capital and largest city, Atlanta is a major Southern financial and cultural force and the focus of a metropolitan statistical area. Atlanta has "absolutely everything going for it-climate, location, great transportation, easy air access, and a government that's both cooperative and supportive." This is a judgment widely shared by both residents and visitors...

  • Always Visit
    It is a 21-acre public park located in downtown Atlanta built as part of the infrastructure improvements for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics.
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    This in-depth tour takes guests inside the CNN studios and offers a one-of-a-kind look into what is needed to produce a news show. The building itself is free to enter and includes a food court, restaurants, and specialty shops.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $18; Child (Under 12 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15
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    The World of Coca-Cola is an interactive museum and exhibition that chronicles the history of the world-famous Coca-Cola company. As a special gift, each person who takes a tour receives a one-of-a-kind bottle of Coke.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $19; Child (Under 12 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15|Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 10:00am - 5:00pm, Fri - Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm, Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas
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    Horsemanship show is gorgeous and performs professional. You can taste delicious food and watch this wonderful show.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $67; Child (3-12 yrs) $41.50; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $67
Standard Hotel: Days Inn or similar

Day 8 Chattanooga - Nashville(113 miles)

Today, we will arrive in Chattanooga, TN, where we will visit Ruby Falls, ride the Incline Railway and go to Rock City to take in a breathtaking view of Lookout Mountain. Then, we will continue to Nashville, seeing the State Capitol Building and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Chattanooga is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee. A unique distinction for Chattanooga is the fact that the city has its own typeface, Chatype, which was launched in August 2012.

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    The Ruby Falls are an underground waterfall located beneath Tennessee's lookout mountain. The Falls are 145 feet high and located in the heart of the Lookout Mountain Caverns. The Ruby Falls area is a National Historic Landmark.
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    This tram has been running almost continually since 1895, and with the exception of an engine update in 1911, it hasn't changed that much. The ride stretches about one mile up the mountain and reaches a grade of 72.7%.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $17; Child (Under 12 yrs) $9; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $17
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    This tourist attraction on top of Lookout Mountain just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee is visited by half a million people every year for its magnificent views, botanical gardens, and impressive natural rock formations. It was opened to the public in 1932.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $23; Child (Under 12 yrs) $13; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $23
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    This historic hilltop on the southern border of Tennessee has a colorful history as a place of importance during wartime. Most notably, it was the centerpiece of the Battle of Lookout Mountain during the American Civil War.

Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County.

  • Always Visit
    The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1961, although a building itself wasn't constructed until 1967. The Hall is dedicated to the preservation and exploration of both country music itself and the culture that surrounds it.
Standard Hotel: Ramada Louisville, Days Inn or similar

Day 9 Indianapolis - West Lafayette - Fair Oaks - Chicago(173 miles)

After seeing the exterior of the Indiana State House in Indianapolis, we will travel to Lafayette to see the campus of Purdue University. Then, we will visit the Fair Oaks Farm before arriving in Chicago later in the afternoon.

Indianapolis is the capital and the largest city in Indiana. Indianapolis hosts several notable sporting events annually, including the Brickyard 400, Grand Prix of Indianapolis, NFL Scouting Combine, the largest half marathon in the U.S., and the Indianapolis 500.

  • Outside Visit
    (Outside Visit) The Indiana Statehouse is the center of governmental function for the entire state of Indiana. This member of the National Register of Historic Places was built in 1878 and is an important historic and architectural building.

West Lafayette holds the distinction of being the most densely populated urban area in the state of Indiana and having the most culturally diverse population in the Midwest. It is home to Purdue University.

  • Always Visit
    Named for business leader and philanthropist John Purdue, Purdue University consists of 6 campuses, the main location of which is situated in West Lafayette, Indiana. Notable highlights include the Purdo Mall, Memorial Mall, and South Campus, which offers visitors pristine lawns and a horticulture garden.

Fair Oaks is an unincorporated community in Union Township, Jasper County, Indiana.

  • Always Visit
    Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $22; Child (3-12 yrs) $8; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $22

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I recommend this tour!

Posted by: Emee on 2017-10-15

We just concluded this tour. We had a wonderful time with our very knowledgeable & nice tour guide/ driver, Ethan! Our Chicago tour guides, Allan & George, were great as well! The itinerary was well planned and the accommodations were awesome!

I recommend this tour!

Posted by: Emee on 2017-10-15

We just concluded this tour. We had a wonderful time with our very knowledgeable & nice tour guide/ driver, Ethan! Our Chicago tour guides, Allan & George, were great as well! The itinerary was well planned and the accommodations were awesome!

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